Orchestre de Paris, Klaus Mäkelä, conductor 

Yunchan Lim, piano soloist 
Symphony Hall

Two young superstars lead the way when the Orchestre de Paris makes a return to Celebrity Series for the first time since 1993/94 with three important pieces that all premiered in the City of Light.  

Conductor Klaus Mäkelä, just twenty-eight, already has a major career, with appointments in Paris and Oslo, and an artistic advisor role at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw. He makes his Celebrity Series debut with this concert.

Yunchan Lim, who in 2022 became the youngest pianist to win the Cliburn Competition, makes his Celebrity Series debut to perform the soloist part for Prokofiev’s breathtaking, fiendishly difficult Second Piano Concerto.  

Debussy’s tone poem Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune opens the performance with a beautifully drawn moment of lightness, ease, and color. Stravinsky’s thrilling Firebird, heard in its complete version, brings this performance to a jaw-dropping close. 

Program Details

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“You heard the confidence the musicians have in [Mäkelä]. All those treacherous and tricky stakes in Stravinsky’s complete ballet music for The Firebird / L’oiseau de feu sounded perfectly natural here. As if Mäkelä had instilled a dose of extra guts into his musicians in rehearsals. ”

Trouw (NL)

“Lim is a one-in-a-million talent. ”

Dallas Morning News

Symphony Hall Venue Information

This performance is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series' LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Endowment Funds, with generous leadership support from Eleanor & Frank Pao.

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